* AccidentalInnuendo: There's this one suspect line in "Sunday" that is either this or GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
-->"Snuggled up like spoons inside a drawer / closer now than you and I have ever been before"
* AwardSnub: "Rainbow Connection" lost to "It Goes Like It Goes" from ''Film/NormaRae''. Critics and fans alike let the Academy hear it. And who even remembers the other song anymore?
* AwesomeMusic: His recorded output until about the mid-'70s is almost unanimously thus. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub0J8ZdaKE8 You're welcome]].
** As for his own opinion, he considers the ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' soundtrack to be the best thing he ever did.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[http://bassroutes.blogspot.com/ Leland Sklar]], bassist extraordinaire, is by far the most popular of Williams' regular studio musicians.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** ''Phantom of the Paradise'' became ''huge'' in Winnipeg (and precisely nowhere else, except perhaps the French underground scene). When Williams later held a concert there, the reception he got (particularly from women and young girls) was likened to Music/TheBeatles during the height of Beatlemania (only on a... smaller scale, literally). When Phantompalooza was held there some thirty years later, Williams' reception was certainly not much less enthusiastic.
** Also, he has a bit of a following in Japan, where his old albums have been re-released before they ever were in the west. He even recorded a live album in Japan.
* EarWorm: "Someday we'll find it, the Rainbow Connection..."
* EndingFatigue: The album version of "Sad Song" drags on a little bit at the end. "Hey Jude" it ain't. A few more than a few prefer the brevity of the Muppet Show version.
* EpicRiff: "The Hell of It". Actually, make that any rock song from ''Phantom''.
* FirstInstallmentWins: ''Someday Man'' is this to some who find Williams' later work to be too sappy.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The cover for ''Crazy for Loving You'' with its diner table-ful of booze unintentionally gets a little bit too close to home, considering this is basically right before everything broke down for real.
* HarsherInHindsight: [[Film/PhantomOfTheParadise Swan]]'s rampant drug abuse and paranoia becomes a little more disturbing now that it's been revealed to be not that far off from reality.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** "Roan [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials Pony]]".
** [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1956594/ Believe me]], Paul Williams is feeling fantastic, and he's [[{{VideoGame/Portal}} still alive]].
* OneSceneWonder: [[Franchise/TheMuppets The Great Gonzo]]!
* TastesLikeDiabetes:
** Williams makes no secret of his status as a "card-carrying sentimentalist" of the Hallmark variety, however, he himself feels he slipped into sentiment for sentiment's sake midway through the '70s.
** For all that Paul's "Rainbow Connection" duet with Willie Nelson is a perfect way to open ''I'm Going Back There Someday''... he sandwiches in the words "That's what happens when you [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} wish upon a star]]" right at the end. ...Yeah, basically.
* TearJerker:
** Paul's best work is just so... powerful. His biggest strength as a lyricist is being able to take raw, heartfelt emotion and distil it into words. Sometimes... those words are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpWg6sibsdU very, very sad.]] You could be reading [[http://lyrics.wikia.com/Paul_Williams:Rainy_Days_And_Mondays only the lyrics]] and the effect just might be strangely similar. The guy knows how you feel, man.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndjuJeo3POM Still Alive]]". Sad, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming, all at the same time.
* TheWoobie: When in the thrall of his addiction.
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